Edwardsville, IL
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Edwardsville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 25,071 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Edwardsville is the 97th largest community in Illinois.

Edwardsville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.70% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Edwardsville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Edwardsville who work in sales jobs (12.45%), office and administrative support (10.80%), and management occupations (10.27%).

Also of interest is that Edwardsville has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because Edwardsville has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Edwardsville lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Edwardsville is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Edwardsville people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

If knowledge is power, Edwardsville is a pretty powerful place. 53.71% of the adults in Edwardsville have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Edwardsville in 2010 was $34,167, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,668 for a family of four. However, Edwardsville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Edwardsville is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Edwardsville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Edwardsville residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Edwardsville include Irish, English, Italian, and French .

The most common language spoken in Edwardsville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.